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Words I heard today…”​In-Stadium Signage is the Sexy Equivalent to a Highway Billboard Ad”​

I sit here today contemplating a recent comment by a brand on their thoughts to in-stadium signage….. “An in-stadium sign….when you think about it…is a sexy highway billboard ad…and as a brand, we don’t get excited about that.” Even in my digital biased...

How to run a successful sales pitch meeting in sports sponsorship

There is nothing worse than when a pitch meeting goes off the rails. I mean NOTHING. All of a sudden you are talking about the cost of an impression on a highway billboard instead of the packages you are presenting to a...

Snapchat is the new email marketing for ticket sales, and it’s better.

I’m very bullish on Snapchat. Two big reasons why are: -The headlines say it’s dead (it’s not, maybe in stock price but it has a large number of users) -It’s the key to young to middle-aged fans. I was on Twitter the other day...

Easily Scale Your Pre-Game Social Content In Sports With The Spectacles.

“I don’t have the resources to create brandable social videos, I’d love to…but I just don’t have the bandwidth to do it.” I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard this in and out of sports. I get it, I’ve been there...

Empathy In Sponsorship & Sports Biz Has Never Been More Important

The more I dive into sports business,  and particularly sponsorship, I am starting to realize how important empathy is in everything we do…and something that we have somewhat forgotten in our work. Empathy is everything today. It is a superpower. The ability...

Top 5 ways to LOSE a sponsor

Many times, we focus on the tactic TO do to keep our sponsors as opposed to NOT to do. But understanding the landmines, we can avoid them early before there is a problem. Mostly though…we need a map in order to navigate...

How to successfully market your digital activations & contests with your fans (after launching…

If an activation is promoted, and no fan is there to hear it, does it even exist? Well…yes…but it wouldn’t be very successful. Marketing your activations are a HUGE part of launching a new campaign with your fan base. At SQWAD we’ve...

Your fans are the experts on how they like to consume & connect with your sponsors…not your team

I believe in constant auditing of what you’re doing. The way we keep from being complacent is to constantly challenge what we’re building, creating, and putting out there in the world to connect with our fans. It allows us to push to...

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Are we headed for a sports BOOM….then BUST?

There are cycles in almost everything in life. Nothing ever grows exponentially forever. This can be seen in nature, our economy, and countless other places in our lives. No bull market lasts forever. No Bear market...

The new era of prospecting in sponsorship comes in your social feeds

One vital thing to understand is brands are still spending dollars in this pandemic. Despite what we may hear from them about budgets being tight or locked, a massive amount of money is being spent...

How to successfully market your digital activations & contests with your fans (after launching…

If an activation is promoted, and no fan is there to hear it, does it even exist? Well…yes…but it wouldn’t be very successful. Marketing your activations are a HUGE part of launching a new campaign with...

We were over-leveraged in sports and the pandemic exposed it…here’s how we can diversify

‘It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change’. Commonly misquoted to Charles Darwin, it was actually written by...

One Tweak Can Increase Your Team’s YouTube Reach (And Why It Matters In Sponsorship)

I’ve been harping a ton on YouTube lately…and well…it’s because there is a TON of money being spent there by brands. In sponsorship, we sell advertisements. We sell the ability to reach an impassioned group that...

Why GIFs Should Be On Your Sponsorship Marketing Radar For 2021

What if I told you you could harness and hack the second largest search engine for your sports team and sponsors…for free. Yes…for free. Well, you can through GIFs. Yup, those funny animations we see all over Twitter,...

How to build the perceived value of your sponsorship assets & department

Value is a very interesting dynamic in economics. Why do we spend $1,000,000 for a Ferrari over $30K for a Toyota? Are the parts really 33X better? Have they built a brand that is 33X better...

Sponsorship post-pandemic is all about re-building habits, old and new.

Humans are creatures of habits. It is extremely hard once we’ve entered a habit to change it. In reverse, it takes a lot for us to build new habits. But there was a pandemic that rewired...

Your Sponsorship Package Should Be A Story, Not A Menu

Everyone always talks about stories in sales…and rightfully so. As humans, we are physiologically conditioned to accept stories more than any other form of communication. Stories build trust, they build empathy. Neuroscientists found that when listening...